Smile to Go

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80 Good

This takeout offshoot of popular café the Smile offers a daily changing menu that includes salads, sweets, and rotisserie chicken.

22 Howard St., New York, NY, 10013


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The lowdown

It can be hard to ignore the dark-chocolate-and-sea-salt cookie at this little takeout shop, but try to pay at least some attention to the on-trend, seasonal, and delicious salads, kept in a display case in pans that would look more appropriate at a small dinner party at your coolest friend’s home. Most of the salads are offered as “market sides,” so get a takeout container filled with three choices to feel satiated. Stand in line between girls with hip finger tattoos toting Opening Ceremony bags and choose from the daily-changing menu — it cycles through about 40 options seasonally. You might encounter a vegan, gluten-free escarole with maple-lime dressing and ground hazelnuts, or one with Little Gem lettuces and purple fingerling potatoes. But don’t dismiss the sandwiches either. One taste of the bacon sandwich — a three-bite affair made with thick-cut pork on sweet challah with some crunch from a layer of frisée — and you’ll never want to order anything else (get there early or these will be sold out). You could grab a midday meal here several days a week and not get bored. Other options like a pear and manouri sourdough sandwich with fig jam or chicken satay skewers with a killer harissa mayo break up any risk of vegetable boredom. The real danger? Baked goods like a rosemary goat cheese biscuit or PB&J cookie, which beckon to even the most resolutely healthy luncher.

What you need to know

Recommended DishesBone broth; daily seasonal salad; bacon sandwich.

DrinksNo Alcohol

Noise LevelCivilized